Reviews written by Greg Schardein

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Nintendo 3DS
Reviewed by Greg Schardein     March 14, 2014
Overall rating 
 
6.0
Gameplay 
 
7.0
Presentation 
 
6.0
Value  
 
7.0
Fun Factor 
 
5.0
Tilt 
 
5.0

Yoshi's New Island

Yoshi's New Island follows a similar formula as previous Nintendo remakes/reboots but ultimately falls short of recreating the magic we expect from Nintendo platformers. It is a shame that Yoshi's New Island could not provide enough new content to warrant its "new" name. Even if you enjoy the gameplay pulled directly out of the original title, it's hard to recommend playing this game over its predecessor (even if you've already played Yoshi's Island). Yoshi's Island DS has a little more variety and difficulty but ultimately, Nintendo just hasn't been able to reproduce the greatness of the original title.

Reviewed by Greg Schardein     March 08, 2014
Overall rating 
 
8.6
Gameplay 
 
9.0
Presentation 
 
10.0
Value  
 
8.0
Fun Factor 
 
9.0
Tilt 
 
7.0

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy succeeds as a wonderful finale to the Layton series and the strongest title in the prequel trilogy. If you've enjoyed any of the previous games, this will certainly satisfy your puzzle solving needs. Though it's not necessary to play the previous titles in the trilogy, it's recommended as this game pulls together events from the previous two titles. All-in-all, the Layton series has been and will always be a wonderful break from some of the more established gaming formulas. Recommended.

Reviewed by Greg Schardein     November 22, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.6
Gameplay 
 
6.0
Presentation 
 
7.0
Value  
 
5.0
Fun Factor 
 
5.0
Tilt 
 
5.0

Mario Party: Island Tour

Mario Party is continuing to see sequels and unfortunately it isn't seeing much change. In its 3rd portable experience, Island Tour, I had hoped for more enjoyable single player and internet multiplayer to keep players interested when they can't get their friends around. Unfortunately, the bread-and-butter experience of 4 players is easier to implement and more enjoyable on console experiences. Though the game can be played with only one game cartridge (and 1-4 3DSs), there isn't enough incentive to join the party on 3DS.

Nintendo 3DS
Reviewed by Greg Schardein     November 02, 2013
Overall rating 
 
6.0
Gameplay 
 
5.0
Presentation 
 
8.0
Value  
 
5.0
Fun Factor 
 
5.0
Tilt 
 
7.0

Sonic: Lost World

Sonic: Lost World is yet another disappointment considering the premise and games it was pulling ideas from. Like clockwork, this Sonic game fails to focus on the most important aspect of platforming: tight controls. The shame is that despite its cut scene issues, the game is well produced from an aesthetic and musical standpoint. If you're a masochist and don't mind unfair difficulty and clumsy controls, you may still find enjoyment in this game. Otherwise, stick with the sure-bet platformers available on the system (Super Mario 3D Land and Donkey Kong Country: Returns)

Nintendo 3DS
Reviewed by Greg Schardein     October 24, 2013
Overall rating 
 
9.4
Gameplay 
 
10.0
Presentation 
 
9.0
Value  
 
9.0
Fun Factor 
 
10.0
Tilt 
 
9.0

Pokémon X & Y

There has been a lot of excitement revolving around Pokémon X & Y even before their release and the hype is certainly well-deserved. Never before has a Pokémon experience been so streamlined and approachable. Though the game most certainly does appeal to the hardcore crowd through its deep mechanics, just about anyone else could enjoy these games due to the plethora of improvements. The art direction follows the same path set forth by the beautifully crafted Black & White. The new Pokémon are arguably some of the best (in both design and function) ever, despite there being less new Pokémon than in any previous game. New features such as Mega Evolutions and the new Fairy type are game changers in the competitive world and the new accessibility to effort training is also a breath of fresh air. Finally, the improvements to online functionality makes the experience near perfect in every way. Though Game Freak is sometimes criticized for recycling gameplay in the Pokémon franchise, they've really outdone themselves with these games. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Greg Schardein     October 01, 2013
Overall rating 
 
6.8
Gameplay 
 
6.0
Presentation 
 
8.0
Value  
 
7.0
Fun Factor 
 
7.0
Tilt 
 
6.0

Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure

For all its creativity and polish, it's a shame that Scribblenauts hasn't been able to push itself beyond being a glorified sandbox. At its core, the level of detail put into these games is a testament to the developer's dedication to creating a vast array of vocabulary and sprites to match. With Scribblenauts Unmasked, the addition of DC characters brings an equally impressive cast of references from the legendary comic book universe. Unfortunately, though, die-hard fans of the DC universe are likely the only group of people who will appreciate this game to its fullest. For everyone else, if you haven't played a Scribblenauts, you may want to purchase Scribblenauts: Unlimited instead (equally polished game for less than half the price).

Reviewed by Greg Schardein     August 07, 2013
Overall rating 
 
8.4
Gameplay 
 
8.0
Presentation 
 
9.0
Value  
 
9.0
Fun Factor 
 
8.0
Tilt 
 
8.0

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team follows a strong format set forth by previous games in the series. Though Bowser's Inside Story is still the best, Dream Team holds its own and suits the new hardware of the 3DS very well. Like the others in the series, this game has strong personality and addictive, responsive gameplay. The only major quip is that the tutorials are painfully slow and make the first 10 hours feel much longer than they should be. Still, if you're looking for a lengthy RPG, pick this game up and enjoy the awkward beauty of Luigi's mind.

Nintendo 3DS
Reviewed by Greg Schardein     June 30, 2013
Overall rating 
 
6.2
Gameplay 
 
6.0
Presentation 
 
8.0
Value  
 
7.0
Fun Factor 
 
5.0
Tilt 
 
5.0

Project X Zone

Project X Zone had me excited when I saw the list of characters from 27 different franchises from Capcom, SEGA, and Namco Bandai and after I witnessed the epic trailers that surfaced before its release. Unfortunately, I wasn't as happy with the game as I'd hoped. With such a diverse cast of characters, personalities, and environments, it's a shame the gameplay feels so generic (both as a tactics RPG and as a miniature fighting game mimic). If you still just want to play the game for the nostalgia or enjoyment of seeing such a wonderful cast of characters in one game, maybe wait for this game to drop in price to experience it. You will have a large game on your hands, but chances are you'll feel that there's still a lot left to be desired.

Reviewed by Greg Schardein     June 16, 2013
Overall rating 
 
9.6
Gameplay 
 
10.0
Presentation 
 
8.0
Value  
 
10.0
Fun Factor 
 
10.0
Tilt 
 
10.0

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages & Seasons are two of the best Zelda experiences in this reviewer's opinion. Though I really separate the 3D titles from the 2D ones in my mind, my experiences with these have and still are at the top of my list when it comes to iconic gameplay. Both games are entirely different but intimately similar in their feel and through their connectivity. The items available are arguably the best in the entire series and the amount of depth for 2D Zelda games is high. If you're a Zelda fan and you haven't played these, they are a must have and even if you have, they still hold up extremely well. Download them now before they increase in price and relive the magic of classic 2D Zelda, Capcom style.

Reviewed by Greg Schardein     June 16, 2013
Overall rating 
 
9.6
Gameplay 
 
10.0
Presentation 
 
8.0
Value  
 
10.0
Fun Factor 
 
10.0
Tilt 
 
10.0

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages & Seasons are two of the best Zelda experiences in this reviewer's opinion. Though I really separate the 3D titles from the 2D ones in my mind, my experiences with these have and still are at the top of my list when it comes to iconic gameplay. Both games are entirely different but intimately similar in their feel and through their connectivity. The items available are arguably the best in the entire series and the amount of depth for 2D Zelda games is high. If you're a Zelda fan and you haven't played these, they are a must have and even if you have, they still hold up extremely well. Download them now before they increase in price and relive the magic of classic 2D Zelda, Capcom style.

Reviewed by Greg Schardein     May 17, 2013
Last updated: May 17, 2013
Overall rating 
 
9.2
Gameplay 
 
10.0
Presentation 
 
8.0
Value  
 
9.0
Fun Factor 
 
10.0
Tilt 
 
9.0

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a near perfect remake of the Wii classic. Featuring more precise controls than the original game, additional levels, and an easier mode for those not up to the challenge of the original, DKCR 3D succeeds in every way that the original did. A lower frame rate and more jagged visuals does make it a little less visually pleasing than on the console but the portability of a handheld makes up for these minor presentational setbacks. If you haven't had the opportunity to play this gem, this is the version I would recommend solely for its gameplay improvements. For those of you that have already experienced the game, I don't believe there's enough incentive to pick this version up at full price (wait until it's dropped in price unless you're just looking for something else to play on your 3DS or long for portability of the title). Here's hoping they're working on a sequel.

Reviewed by Greg Schardein     May 08, 2013
Overall rating 
 
8.4
Gameplay 
 
8.0
Presentation 
 
7.0
Value  
 
10.0
Fun Factor 
 
8.0
Tilt 
 
9.0

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a great addition to the recently strong lineup of 3DS titles out there. As a downloadable title, it's extremely accessible and at only $9.99, it's also extremely affordable. Considering this game has all the meat of a regularly priced title at a quarter of the price, it would be hard for any puzzle fan to pass this title up.

Nintendo 3DS
Reviewed by Greg Schardein     March 25, 2013
Overall rating 
 
6.4
Gameplay 
 
7.0
Presentation 
 
7.0
Value  
 
6.0
Fun Factor 
 
5.0
Tilt 
 
7.0

Harmoknight

It’s hard to fault a company for stepping outside of the box and creating something that is outside their normal realm of game creations but I really feel like sticking with a Pokémon theme would have better served this game. Sure, it’s polished, has solid gameplay mechanics, and the graphics and characters are charming, but the reality is that a music game needs memorable music. And, though there are 5 Pokémon themed levels included in the game, it only leaves something to be desired in terms of the rest of the songs. As a result, this problem and the lack of features beyond the 5-7 hour game with no further staying power makes the $15 MSRP is a little too pricey for my tastes (hopefully it will eventually drop in price for those who are still interested in the game and feel it’s currently too expensive).

Nintendo 3DS
Reviewed by Greg Schardein     December 04, 2012
Overall rating 
 
9.0
Gameplay 
 
9.0
Presentation 
 
8.0
Value  
 
9.0
Fun Factor 
 
9.0
Tilt 
 
10.0

Crashmo

Crashmo is a worthy successor to last year's wonderful puzzler Pushmo. With a similar style from the outside, Crashmo's small gameplay tweaks lead to entirely different styles of puzzles and problem solving. With more puzzles built into the game than its predecessor and hundreds more to come from user-created puzzles, Crashmo is worth your money, even if it is $2 more than its predecessor. If you're in for another addictive gaming drug to keep you busy this holiday season, download Crashmo today!

Nintendo 3DS
Reviewed by Greg Schardein     November 10, 2012
Last updated: November 10, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Gameplay 
 
6.0
Presentation 
 
8.0
Value  
 
1.0
Fun Factor 
 
4.0
Tilt 
 
4.0

Pokédex 3D Pro

Pokédex 3D Pro is most certainly a Pokédex that is well done in terms of aesthetics and quality. However, it is of little help to the competitive community due to its lack of numbers and advanced searches and they will no doubt find more useful tools on the internet. As for everyone else, this application serves as a helpful tool in your quest through the Unova region. Unfortunately, the $15 price tag is extremely high considering this is more or less an application as opposed to a game worthy of that relatively high price point. If you still haven’t picked up one of the more recent Pokémon titles, I can’t recommend this application at the current price point. After a price drop, however, the casual crowd should find this to be a helpful aid in their quest to catch them all. Instead, spend your $15 on a number of better choices already available on the 3DS marketplace from great virtual console titles to Pushmo or Mutant Mudds.

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